Thought I would write a little "HowTo" on connecting Stellarium Mobile Plus DIRECTLY to your USB enabled mount.
I have a new Celestron 5SE which comes with a Mini (not micro) USB port at the base of the hand controller. I figured there had to be a way to control the scope using this port connected directly to my mobile phone.. I was absolutely correct. As this is a pretty new option/configuration I am writing up instructions.
This should work with most USB enabled scopes (see the Stellarium controller compatibility list)
First thing is that Stellarium Mobile Plus is NOT the same as the free version. It is currently $9.99 in the Google Play Store.
I have ONLY done this on a Android phone and can confirm it works on Android. As as second piece of software is needed ($0.99 in the Play store) i can not confirm any setup that works on iOS however i would guess that there is a way to do it.
This will work on any android phone that supports USB OTG (or USB On The Go)
Required components of the system
- A telescope with USB capabilities. (the usb port on the newer scopes is actually a USB to serial adapter built into the hand control)
- Stellarium Mobile Plus
- BT/USB/TCP Bridge Pro
- A USB adapter (either Micro to female or C to female depending on YOUR phone)
- A USB cable from the adapter to your scope mount (USB to Mini USB )
Once you have the needed components you will need to configure the BT/USB/TCP Bridge software first.
Once you do this once you will see that you can setup the software and connection in about 30 seconds.
You must obviously align your scope before trying to use GoTo.
open the BT/USB/TCP Bridge Pro application and click CONNECT/LISTEN in the first section
Edited by adiastra, 28 January 2020 - 07:17 AM.